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Appointment bookings for this weekend’s Hokitika COVID-19 vaccination clinics steady

Wednesday 6 October 2021Health news3 minutes to read

Please attribute the following to Philip Wheble, Senior Responsible Officer for the COVID-19 response, West Coast DHB:

So far, approximately 320 people have booked into this weekend’s Hokitika COVID-19 vaccination clinics and bookings remain steady.

West Coast DHB is holding two drive-through COVID-19 vaccination events in Hokitika this coming weekend (October 9 and 10) in the Westland Milk Products staff car park on the corner of Stafford and Livingstone Streets. Vaccinations are available to everyone aged 12 and older.

Bookings are now open and the DHB’s vaccination team have capacity to vaccinate over 1,500 people in Hokitika this coming weekend! While an appointment is recommended, it isn’t necessary so if you don’t get time to make a booking, you are welcome to just turn up between 10am – 4pm on either day.

West Coast Soft Serve will be on-site dishing out ice creams to everyone who has been vaccinated. All you need to do is show your COVID-19 vaccination sticker and if you have brought your children they can have a free ice cream too.

You can book online at or by calling the National Booking team on 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days). Vaccinations are free.

Consider asking a friend who you’d like to get vaccinated with to come along with you. Better still invite your family/whānau members to join you too.

Remember, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect ourselves and our whānau.


Remember, if you are deciding to get your vaccination at a drive-through event:

  • We will be able to cater for passenger cars or SUVs as well as people who arrive on foot, bike/motorbike or on mobility scooters at our drive-through vaccination events.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept trucks, or other high-sided or wide vehicles at the drive-through centres.
  • If you have a history of fainting or other serious reactions following vaccinations, we recommend you don’t get your vaccination in a drive-through vaccination centre.
  • Private conversations are more challenging at a drive-through site. If you need a detailed conversation about your vaccination, call your GP or Healthline first or attend a non-drive-through vaccination centre.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate (including because you are waiting for your test results), do not come to your vaccination appointment. This applies to all vaccination centres, including drive-through vaccination.

If you book a vaccination appointment at a drive-through vaccination event:

  • Bring your NHI number if you have it.
  • Where possible, wear a face mask/covering.
  • Make sure you scan in using the event’s QR code.
  • Come prepared in case you need to wait in queue for a period of time. Bring a book/knitting, snacks and water.
  • Sit next to a car door that can be opened.
  • Wear clothing allowing the vaccinator easy access to your upper arm. You should expect to receive the vaccine in the arm closest to the car window.
  • Always stay in your vehicle, unless you are asked to step out by vaccination staff.

More information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine is available online:



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